Google's Schmidt attacks British education system

Aug 27, 2011
Google chairman Eric Schmidt, pictured, has attacked the British education system, saying a failure to appreciate the importance of computer science was holding the country back in the digital age.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has attacked the British education system, saying a failure to appreciate the importance of computer science was holding the country back in the digital age.

In a lecture at a broadcasting conference in Edinburgh on Friday, the chairman of the Internet giant accused of "throwing away your great computing heritage" by promoting a separation of arts and sciences in education.

"If I may be so impolite, your track record isn't great," he said.

"The UK is home of so many media-related inventions. You invented photography. You invented TV. You invented computers in both concept and practice.

"Yet today, none of the world's leading exponents in these fields are from the UK."

He said he was shocked that computer science was not taught as standard in British schools, adding: "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made."

Schmidt also laughed off criticisms that was trying to "take over the world" and planned to make television content on a large scale.

"Trust me, if you gave people at Google free rein to produce TV you'd end up with a lot of bad sci-fi," he said.

Schmidt was the first non-broadcaster to give the landmark lecture at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, a major event in British broadcasters' diary.

Prominent figures from the broadcasting world have delivered it in the past, including News Corporation chief and his son James.

Explore further: LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

"JPEG changed our world"

Dec 12, 2014

JPEG is the image format we use the most in the world, be it in our computers, smartphones or digital cameras. But it is actually more than that. JPEG is also an international group of experts, which recently ...

Web inventor says Internet should be 'human right'

Dec 11, 2014

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government ...

Recommended for you

Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research

13 hours ago

(AP)—Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.

LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015

Dec 16, 2014

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 Los Angeles police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making LA's police department the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move ...

Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

Dec 15, 2014

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture.

In Curiosity Hacked, children learn to make, not buy

Dec 14, 2014

With her right hand, my 8-year-old daughter, Kalian, presses the red-hot soldering iron against the circuit board. With her left hand, she guides a thin, tin wire until it's pressing against both the circuit board and the ...

Top pilot sees risk in unregulated US drones

Dec 10, 2014

Small drones pose a danger in US skies so long as clear rules governing their operation are not in place, the head of the world's biggest pilots' union said Wednesday.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

bluehigh
not rated yet Aug 27, 2011
"Trust me, if you gave people at Google free rein to produce TV you'd end up with a lot of bad sci-fi," he said.


He has been badly wrong on occasions and maybe he has misunderstood the focus on using applications. We cant all be software developers. Many of us use software products as tools to earn a living. More so, the bright people at Google probably could make some good TV (SciFi or otherwise) and to insult your team is indeed a bad joke.
krwhite
not rated yet Aug 27, 2011
I'd imagine Schmidt is just projecting his own problems. Android tablets haven't exactly been a raging success. The OS experience is designed, is it not? ;-)
russcelt
not rated yet Aug 28, 2011
It's about control. The UK government will only roll out widespread digital knowledge once they've figured out how to surreptitiously monitor every citizen's use of it. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.